In order to enhance the effectiveness of the Oyo State Fire Service Agency in combating fire outbreaks, the state Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday presented four utility vehicles to the agency.
Special Adviser to Gov. Makinde on Security, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, who made this known in a statement, said the vehicles were handed over to the agency’s Director, Administration and Supply Mr. Abiodun Oni.
According to Owoseni, the vehicles were provided to promote efficient and effective discharge of responsibility by the agency so as to curb fire incidences in the state.
He stated further that the governor approved the provision of the utility vehicles to the Fire Service in fulfillment of his commitment to prioritise the safety and security of the people of the state.
“The governor has noticed the wide gap in the agency, that’s why he has taken the bull by the horns, first by making the agency autonomous from what it used to be as a department in the Ministry of Works and Transport.
“And secondly, by equipping and upgrading the facilities and addressing the infrastructural deficit in the Oyo State Fire Service Agency, that is why we are here,” Owoseni stated.
Receiving the vehicles, Oni thanked the governor for demonstrating his commitment to the Agency since he took over the mantle of leadership in the state.
“The governor has approved and procured five firefighting trucks for the Oyo State Fire Service and these have been distributed to Oyo, Iseyin, Molete and Eruwa Fire Stations and there is one at the state headquarters.
“Also, the government has begun the process of procuring five new fire trucks. When they are delivered, they will be distributed to all the administrative stations in the state.
“The governor has also approved the procurement of 550 units of personal protective clothing for our officers.
“Also, he approved that the allowances of the men and officers of the Agency be upgraded and these include hazard allowance, shift allowance, duty allowance and uniform allowance,” Oni stated.